Is There a Difference?

The fresh eggs we get from our chickens are delicious.  The girls love being outside in the fresh air scratching in the dirt, eating insects and grass.  When I weed my flowers and vegetables – not as often as I should – I toss all the weeds to the chickens. 

Weeds are a chicken delicacy I have learned.  They scratch around in the dirt clumps and eat all the insects, then they eat the weeds themselves.

Our little flock has been quite prolific.  Our high egg day was 15 eggs from 16 chickens.

We have truly become spoiled having fresh, natural eggs to eat.  Most of our flock is molting now and so egg production is down quite a bit.  I bought some eggs at the store for the first time in over two years.  I really didn’t think too much about it; eggs are eggs right?  Then I cracked them open in the bowl.

Oh my goodness!  Can you tell which eggs are from our chickens and which ones I bought at the store?

If you picked the bright yellow-orange yolked ones on the left as ours you are correct.  There are lots of studies and information available about why chickens who are allowed to roam around in fresh air and have access to grass and bugs and things chickens are supposed to eat are healthier animals.  Their eggs are healthier for you too.

I am certainly no authority on animal health or nutrition, but doesn’t it just makes sense that animals need fresh air, room to move, clean water and sunshine?  Food that is natural to them?  No antibiotics and hormones?

So, to make sure we keep having those wonderful fresh eggs, we just got a new batch of chicks.  Aren’t they cute?  And they will keep those eggs coming.

3 comments on “Is There a Difference?

  1. Tj says:

    I think you are absolutely right and we are currently in the process of building a new chicken pen off of our backyard because we are having problems with chicken theft down at the barn.

  2. Tj says:

    And you should try raising a batch of meat birds for your freezer. They are tasty and healthy.

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